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Bronxville Bronco 5/6 Football Team Wins Westchester Football Championship PDF Print Email


By Robert Freeman, Bronxville Parent

Nov. 7, 2018:  This past Sunday, in the last official game played on the old turf at Chambers Field, the Bronxville Broncos Youth Football team completed an undefeated season, beating Pleasantville 32-8 to claim the Westchester Youth Football championship for the third time in four years. This year’s title was particularly special and marked the first time in program history that our young Broncos finished undefeated.

Evoking memories of the great NY Giants' defensive units of the 1980s, on October 21, our youth Broncos completed the regular season without giving up a touchdown, defeating the Valhalla Vikings 24-0. The Broncos finished the regular season 6-0 and entered the playoffs as the number-one seed in the WYFL.

On October 28, in the first round of those playoffs, the Broncos took on a very tough youth football team from White Plains and finally surrendered their first touchdown of the season. The Broncos scored three touchdowns of their own and prevailed 24-8 (at this age, extra-point kicks are worth two points and the Broncos have the best kicker in the league in Jarvis Chow, who was a perfect 3 for 3).

On a picture-perfect fall day, with the trees surrounding Chambers Field in full color, the Broncos took on an undefeated 7-0 team from Pleasantville. In an intense and hard-hitting first half, the Broncos finally broke through with less than one minute left in the half when Davis Patterson (6th grade) took it around left end for a touchdown, aided by some stellar blocking by fifth-graders Brian Formato and Thomas Freeman.

The Broncos started with the ball to begin the second half and, after what the team calls the Coach K Special, gained big yardage on the first play, and Sam Becker (6th grade) took a counter play to the house untouched for a 48-yard touchdown, making it 16-0 Broncos. The rout was on! Late in the third quarter, Patterson again took it around the left side for a 46-yard touchdown and a 24-0 lead. After Pleasantville finally reached the end zone early in the fourth quarter, the Broncos got the ball back, and Patterson once again scooted down the sideline for a 24-yard touchdown to end the scoring: Broncos 32, Pleasantville 8.


This year’s Broncos included sixth-graders Henry Frigon, Jack Kennedy, Will Mattson, Michael Knox, Max Devaney, Davis Patterson, James Halley, Kieran Patterson, Matthew McSherry, Jack Gangemi, Jack Preusse, Alex Napolitano, Sam Becker, Henry Vail, and Jarvis Chow and fifth-graders Brian Formato, Thomas Freeman, Fletcher van Tienhoven, James O’Shaughnessy, John Shah, Nicholas Londal, and Nicholas Martinelli. The Coaches were Bill Knox, Rob Freeman, Dan Olimpio, Sam Patterson, Chris Becker, and Charles Preusse.

Go Broncos!

Pictured here:  Winning Bronco 5/6 team. 

Photos by L. van Tienhoven (top) and D. Londal (second). 


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Bronxville 5th-Grader Wins Mountain Biking Championship PDF Print Email


By Guest Contributor

Nov. 7, 2018:  Two weekends ago, at Mount Snow in Vermont, Bronxville Elementary School fifth-grader Logan Arthurs became the overall champion in the Under 12 Class of the Maxxis Eastern States Cup downhill mountain biking series.

Logan is a pint-sized powerhouse on two wheels. He loves mountain biking, rushing through the forest on narrow trails, and launching himself off rocky drops. Specifically, Logan enjoys downhill mountain biking, a discipline much like skiing, where a chairlift is taken to the top of the mountain and then descends to designated trails. At these bike parks, the trails are graded similarly to ski runs, with green, blue, and black diamond levels of difficulty. The trails weave in and about the trees, over rough rocks, and down chutes. Hand-built features are incorporated into the trail network and include sculpted jumps, berms, and bridges. Bike parks are relatively new to the sport of mountain biking but are now proliferating in the Northeast as resorts like Killington look to profit from the summer season. Logan’s home bike park is Mountain Creek in Vernon, New Jersey.

Logan has been riding a bike since he was three years old and has been downhill biking since he was seven. After winning the first race he ever entered, which was last year, a fire was lit. He made a conscious decision this spring to concentrate on racing and participate in the Maxxis Eastern States Cup Series. This year, the ESC introduced a new Under 12 Clif Kids Class to encourage young mountain bikers, or groms, as they are endearingly called, to the sport. The series started in May and finished in October and was to visit eight unique locations in the Northeast (because of lift maintenance at Killington, racers rode Thunder Mountain in Massachusetts twice this year).


Each race weekend, Saturday is a practice day and Sunday is a race day. The groms race the same course as the pros, a double black diamond trail with each bike park offering up its own flavor. The race courses are extremely intense, with jagged rocks, drops, and slick roots.

In mountain bike racing, there is no such thing as a weather cancellation, so racers must deal with whatever Mother Nature throws at them. This past summer was very wet. Only two of the eight races had a dry course. The other six races had variations of wet. At Windham Mountain in August, torrential rains drained from the skies all practice day and throughout the night, turning the already treacherous former UCI World Cup race course into the steepest, nastiest mudslide imaginable. At Sugarbush in Vermont and Thunder Mountain, the inevitable weekend rains rendered the courses incredibly slippery. The roots that snaked across the trail were so slick, it was as if they were covered in Vaseline. Through all these obstacles, Logan persevered, standing on the podium for each and every one of the races, usually as the youngest rider.

While the weather this season may have been rough, everyone was in it together. The sense of community among this wild mountain biking tribe is strong. Every race weekend, Logan couldn’t wait to head out and join his friends on the mountain. This year, he forged lifelong friendships with kids from Maine to Maryland.

When he’s not racing, Logan can be found zipping around Bronxville working on new skills or riding the trails at Sprain Ridge and Graham Hills. During this time, he also enjoys making short video edits of his riding that he posts on his website and his YouTube channel. 

Photos by Rob Arthurs and Andrew Santoro

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One Love Foundation to Host Yards for Yeardley Bike Sunday Challenge Sunday, September 30 PDF Print Email

By Grace McSherry, Student, Bronxville High School
Sep. 26, 2018:  This Sunday, September 30, the One Love Foundation is hosting the first-ever “Yards for Yeardley: Bike Sunday Challenge” from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The “Yards for Yeardley: Bike Sunday Challenge” is an open call to cyclists, joggers, and walkers to join the One Love Foundation in raising $10,000 to support its educational work in Westchester County schools for the 2018-2019 school year. 
This Sunday is one of the Sundays in the fall when the Bronx River Parkway will be free of traffic from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm from Scarsdale Road in Yonkers and Tuckahoe to the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Supporters are invited to the One Love Foundation store, 44 Pondfield Road, before or after their ride for light refreshments from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The One Love Foundation was founded in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, an athlete and former University of Virginia student who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. Today, One Love works around the clock to ensure that everyone has access to information on the warning signs of abuse that Yeardley did not. The One Love Foundation’s educational tools are currently being taught in over 600 colleges across the country and over 350 high schools. For more information on the One Love Foundation, please visit
For further information about the “Yards for Yeardley: Bike Sunday Challenge,” to register, or to donate, please visit here or contact  CLOAKING .
Photo from per the Pexels License

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NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital to Host 'Be Well Bash' on Bronxville School Front Lawn Saturday, September 29 PDF Print Email


By Thompson & Bender for NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Sep. 12, 2018:  NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital announced it is hosting the “Be Well Bash,” a wellness and injury prevention event for all ages. This free event will take place Saturday, September 29, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, rain or shine, on the front lawn of Bronxville High School.

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence is sponsoring this free program for K-12 student athletes, weekend warriors, and seniors. The community can meet clinicians from the Columbia Orthopedics and Sports Medicine program and specialists in primary care, cardiology, and a host of specialties to learn about how to stay healthy and achieve their goals. It will be an afternoon filled with activities including the NFL PLAY 60 Skills and Drills program and the New York City Football Club Street Team program; injury prevention workshops; music; food; entertainment; face painting; and much more.

“Whether you are young or ‘young at heart,’ you can get yourselves active, fit, and strong in a safe and healthy way, and we’ll show you how,” said Michael J. Fosina, MPH, FACHE, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. “The Be Well Bash will be a fun and casual way for our clinicians to meet the community and answer their questions.”

Members of the Be Well Bash committee are Mayor Mary Marvin, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce executive director Nicole Tuck, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce board member Bob Krause, Bronxville High School athletic director Karen Peterson, and representatives from NewYork-Presbyterian and the Columbia Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Program.

“We are so excited and honored to be the host of what is truly a groundbreaking event in the world of sports and wellness,” said Mayor Mary Marvin. “We hope to be the home of such a positive community event for years to come.”

For more information, please visit

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Predators 2023 Lacrosse Team Competes at the World Series of Youth Lacrosse in Denver PDF Print Email


By Guest Contributor

Jul. 18, 2018:  Five Bronxville boys and their teammates traveled to Denver to compete against the top U13 lacrosse teams in the world. Rising 8th-graders Thomas Conneally, Nick George, Sean McGrath, Greydon O'Keefe, and Chris Patterson are members of the Westchester-based Predators 2023 lacrosse team. Other team members come from the New York metropolitan area and Connecticut.

In April, Predators 2023 participated in the qualifiers for the World Series Youth Lacrosse on Long Island. After many grueling games in freezing temperatures against the Northeast's top U13 teams, Predators 2023 secured their first-ever spot in the World Series of Youth Lacrosse (WSYL), which was held in Denver over the week of July 4.


Present at WSYL were the top 24 U13 teams in the world, who were all competing for the championship. Predators 2023 faced a tough bracket and fell short in the first game, losing to this year's finalist. Pre-game jitters, high temperatures, and altitude added to the challenge. In true Predators fashion, they never gave up and went 3-3 in the tournament, placing third in their bracket with wins against Team Israel, 91 Titans from Florida, and Walsh Park Warriors from Denver. Predators 2023 entered the World Series ranked 17 and finished with a world ranking of 12.


A banquet gala was held in Mile High Stadium, home of the Denver Broncos, where the team members donned their custom Predators Vineyard Vines ties for team pictures that were taken on the 50-yard line. Being in Mile High Stadium was especially fun for the young Bronxville lacrosse players.


Yorktown native and current Bronxville resident Mike McCall founded the Predators lacrosse program in 2013. McCall, who played for UNC, joined head coach Gary Raniolo and assistant coach Eric Cooley on the journey to Denver. The dedication of this trio of coaches was instrumental in the boys' success.

Lacrosse starts from the ground up and the boys acknowledged the effort put in to their lacrosse skills development by the Bronxville Youth Lacrosse Association and Bronxville school coaches, including Bronxville modified coach Tom Sanders, who was the starting All-American goalie for Bucknell from 1975 to 1979. Predator player Nick George was overheard saying, "I want to give a shout-out to Mr. Sanders for telling us to keep our heads up when dodging."


Pictured here: The Predators 2023 team in action and posing for photos in Mile High Stadium.

Photos by Quintin George  

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